Day Eighteen, Genesis 39-41
Now our reading switches back to Joseph (whom I love!) and we get to see his situation in Egypt. He was sold to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh's guard. But God was with him and made him successful. When Potiphar saw this, he put Joseph in charge of everything he had.
Until one day when Potiphar's wife, who had already been trying, unsuccessfully, to seduce Joseph, grabbed his cloak when he was trying to run away from her. She kept it with him, then lied about him, saying HE tried to seduce HER. So then Potiphar had Joseph thrown into prison.
But in the prison, again, God was with Joseph and made him successful, so the warden put Joseph in charge. One day a couple of Pharoah's officials were in prison with Joseph. They each had disturbing dreams, and Joseph interpreted the dreams for them. Then he simply asked that they remember him and help him get out of prison. But Joseph was forgotten. For two long years.
Finally, two years later, the Pharaoh has a couple of disturbing dreams, and then the cupbearer remembers Joseph in prison, who had interpreted his dream. So Joseph is brought before the Pharaoh, and after interpreting his dream, Joseph is put in charge of all Egypt, second in command only to Pharaoh himself!
Great story, one of my favorites from the time I was little. But it only gets better in the days to come!
For now, though, the one thing that I glean from this story is the idea that the Lord was with Joseph. Regardless of his circumstances and what things might have seemed like, God was with him. That statement, "The Lord was with Joseph" or "the Lord was with him" is in this reading four times! Twice it says the Lord gave him success in whatever he did. It also says, "The Lord blessed the household of Potiphar because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had"...all because of Joseph. Not only was the Lord with Joseph, it was apparent to those around him that the Lord was with him.
Those are my thoughts for today. Do I recognize that the Lord is with me, or do I wallow self-pity at being in circumstances that may be less-than-favorable? More than that...is it evident to those around me that the Lord is with me???